Uighurs to Palau

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Kevin Drum relays the fact that the Uighurs are headed to Palau, an island nation in the North Pacific. You may remember Palau because it’s especially threatened by climate change. Mother Jones has covered the story of the Uighurs, 19 Chinese Muslims held in Guantanamo Bay, extensively. In November 2008, when it looked like the Uighurs might be released near Washington, DC, Stephanie Mencimer spoke to members of the local Uighur community. Here’s a video from that story (Jonathan Stein narrated):

Later that month, Stephanie reported on the Bush administration’s half-hearted struggle to find a home for the Uighurs. Back in January, Kevin wrote that he hoped Obama would be able to settle the Uighurs.

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